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from the vatican today. pope benedict xvi says he is stepping down at the end of the month. catholics around the world are wondering who will replace him. we now get the latest information from anna at the vatican. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi delivered the surprising message in a speech to cardinals at the vatican this morning. the 85-year-old pontiff said he will step down february 28th, because he is simply too old to carry on. the leered of more than a billion roman catholics said carrying out his duties requires quote both strength of mind and body. the news stunned the church leaders around the world. >> i have to be honest, i'm as shocked and startled as all of you. >> reporter: it is the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. on the streets of europe, some people refused to believe it. he says it can't be true, it would be too huge for the church for something like this to happen. a vatican spokesman said the pope deserves respect for making such a personal and courageous decision to quit. the pope's resignation sets the stage for a new papal election. vatican o
>> pelley: tonight, the announcement no one on earth saw coming. pope benedict xvi becomes the first pope in six centuries to resign. allen pizzey in vatican city with what happens now. mark phillips on who might be next. tensions are high after reported sightings of the most wanted man in california. bill whitaker reports on the dragnet. we now know what a massive tornado left behind in mississippi -- >> that is big! >> pelley: while in new england they're counting the losses from the record blizzard. and cliff romesha receives the medal of honor. he tells david martin how he earned the highest award for valor. >> reporter: the citation says there were 400 enemy soldiers. >> and we had 52 great americans. didn't seem fair to them. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. when the news got out today, catholics all over the world were asking whether they had heard correctly. something that just doesn't happen just did: a pope resigned. pope benedict xvi, 85 years old and frail, told a meeting of cardinals today he
appear far apart on most of the issues. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >>> pope benedict makes his last public appearances before thousands of followers. i'm danielle nottingham at the vat kang. i'll have the story coming up. -- at the vatican. i'll have the story coming up. >>> we'll show you america's top dog at >>> they were the magnificent seven at the madison square garden last night. seven group winners competed for top honors at the annual westminster kennel club dog show. and for the first time this year, a reserve best in show winner was selected. we presume that's in case the champion is unable to fulfill its duties. and that runner-up spot went to the old english sheep dog. and then it was time for the big announcement. >> best in show winner for the 137th westminster kennel club dog show is the affenpinscher. [ cheers and applause ] >> little banana joe from the toy group took home the biggest prize. little banana joe has been living in the united states for competition, but now at the grand old age of 5 he's retiring and he's going to return to his owners who live in h
pope there are new details about pope benedict's day to day living when he retires at the end of the month. danielle nottingham brings us the latest from the vatican. >> reporter: the vatican revealed pope benedict's closest aide will remain his private secretary and will also run the new pope's household. the duel role for the monsignor is raising questions about how much influence benedict will have over his successor. >> no one has said exactly what he's going to do and it's going to be benedict who decides what does and doesn't do. even the pope's brother has suggested the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: the pope told the priest in rome thursday morning he'll be hidden from view after stepping down. the holy father says he'll live a life of prayer at a former monastery inside the vatican walls. even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him will be around the vatican for many years to come. tourists who make the pilgrimage here buy all sorts of religious souvenirs. many items still feature pope jo
hopes there will be someone new by the end of march. >> pope benedict will go to a summer retreat after he resigns and then he will move to a monostair where he will dedicate the remainder of his life to prayer. >>> 80 million americans call themselves catholic, but their numbers have been dwindling. some were proud of his decision, others were furious that he didn't do more about child sex abuse by priest. bruce, what did you find? >> among survivors of child sex abuse, there is a sense that pope benedict could have done far more, but among many of the faithful, there is a pride in pope benedict and he remains really quite popular, even though he succeeded the wildly popular, john paul. >> it's very startling. unprepared for. >> cardinal whirl was with the pope in october and had no sign that the pontiff was struggling with his duty. >> he was in full possession. >> part of the conclave that will select the next pope. and he says he will be looking for continuity with the conservative teachings of benedict and john paul. >> there's a basic doctrine that is bedrock or catholic fai
benedict xvi will be resigning on february 28th for medical reasons. as soon as we get this story, we'll bring you more. media reports from italy, pope benedict xvi will be resigning at the end of this month for medical reasons. >>> a 14-year-old silver spring maryland teenager is accused of murdering his infant sister. police say jonathan aguilla has been charged in the death of larissa yanez. when their mother came home from work friday morning she couldn't wake up the child. she was pronounced dead at the hospital. >>> police are still looking for an ex-police officer they say has already killed three people. officials announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture and arrest of christopher dorner. last night police evacuated a lowes home improvement store after a caller allegedly spotted dorner in the store. dorner release aid man fess stow on facebook where he -- released a manifesto on facebook where he vowed to get revenge for being fired. >>> transportation is starting to get back to normal on long island. amtrak trains are running between dc and new york
. >>> pope benedict xvi shocked the catholic opportunity with a resignation. the pope said he no longer has the strength to do his job and will step down at the end of the month. it is the first paper resignation in 600 years. as for a replacement, right now, there is no clear front runner. >> who among this body has the qualifications, the characteristics, the spiritual gifts to fill that chair? >> the vatican hopes to have a new pope in place by easter. as for pope benedict, he will move into a monostair where he will dedicate the remainder of his life to prayer. pope benedict acknowledged and apologized for the catholic church's priest abuse scandal. but some people, including david lorenze, think more needs to be done. >> i was something. >> at 16. >> by an adult priest. this thing is going to haunt them from now, for another thousand years until they stand up and address it and come clean. >> others say they stand behind and support pope benedict. >> same-sex partners will soon have access to the exact same benefits offered to their heterosexual counterparts. leon panetta signed
turn out to listen and catch a glimpse of the aforementioned pope. pope benedict xvi in one of his final public appearances. >> find out why you may want to really monitor what your children see. >>> wusa9 is back in two minutes with those >>> good morning. many of you are enjoying the holiday, thank you for watching us. you want to bundle up or hunker down into the covers each more because it is so cold outside. >> boy you said it. >> down to the teens in a few spots. we won't have the snow showers like yesterday. it is going to be a nice, sunny monday around here. let's talk about it. we have a cold start. here's your day planner this monday morning. president's day 2013. temperatures starting out in many cases a few upper teens right now. as we head toward the afternoon hours, we are not going to have the showers around. temperatures will be climbing into the low 40s with lots and lots of sunshine today. lots of sunshine. pittsburgh down to 10, 18 new york, providence 16. they have a bunch of snow here in eastern massachusetts. richmond on down to 21. we are going to start to ha
famous dog show, but first, new revelations about the pope. learn more about benedict's medical history as the vatican prepares to choose his successor. this is the "cbs morning news." and now hot pink toes. seems tough for a tough dog like duke. but when it has anything to do with gwen, he's putty in her hands. for a love this strong, duke's family only feeds him iams. compared to other leading brands, it has 50% more animal protein... ...to help keep his body as strong as a love that can endure anything... even every fashion trend. iams. keep love strong. [ tylenol bottle ] me too! and nasal congestion. [ tissue box ] he said nasal congestion. yeah...i heard him. [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't. >>> well, this is one of the toughest jobs in new orleans, getting partiers off the street at the end of mardi gras. police tried to clear bourbon street. the crowd stepped aside briefly and then got back to having fun. >>> the first day of lent for catholics around the world. this morning pope benedict will m
the process of electing a new pope to replace pope benedict xvi. we caught up with the cardinal at dulles international airport before boarding his flight. he is among some 11 u.s. cardinals in the coming week to do a new vote on the pope. as surae chinn reports, he held sunday mass in northeast before leaving. >> you're going to need all the things we can get because this is a very important responsibility. >> parishioners and others sent prayers for the cardinal as he embarks on a world to elect a new pope. >> what has become the theme. >> reporter: he spent his last sunday mass before heading to rome honoring pope benedict xvi. >> and home to get the job done. and be open to the holy spirit. >> we are just here to give thanks to pope benedict xvi. >> reporter: the pope will step down on thursday as reasons for his retirement. some speculate the sex abuse scandal had something to do with it. >> i think that the new pope will be guided to just continue and to move us forward. >> reporter: he will be one of 117 who are eligible to participate in the conclave to find pope benedict xvi's su
is elected. i'm in rome with the >>> pope benedict xvi stepped down in a couple days and turns out. catholics may have a new pope sooner than they think. >> today the pope made history by changing church law. >> pope benedict xvi revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. cardinals no longer have to wait 15 days. after benedict steps down thursday, cardinals can decide to move up the secret ceremony to elect a pope, known as the conclave. >> they should decide as quickly as possible. i thought it would be something that would take a lot longer. >> the vatican would like it in place in place before march 24. the new pope must be installed a week earlier. when voting starts, keith o'brian will be absent. the vatican confirms o'brian resigned amid allegations -- he denied the accusations and said he does not want the allegations to be a distraction. >> fact that his resignation has been accepted by pope benedict, i think is significant. not of guilt, but certainty that we want an investigation to begin. >> some tourists at the vatican say the new allegations are another blemish f
benedict xvi has announced his historic resignation. >> a pretty dramatic change. it means he'll go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day. >> "top gear" has shown a video of a helicopter racing a cobra with a disastrous ending. >> the end of the mardi gras season. >> i like it very much. >> all that -- >> the westminster dog show is back. >> keep mice from overrunning their mistresses' boudoirs. >> that's interesting. >> top ten questions on the application to become a swimsuit model. >> how does brent musburger describe you? >> and all that matters -- >> awarded the medal for courageous action. his son stole the show playing peek-a-boo. >> colin is not as shy as clint. >> on "cbs this morning." >> lightning struck the vatican just hours after pope benedict would be announ-- pope benedict announced his resignation. >> what will the pope do? he could become the most distinguished walmart greeter of all time. >>>, wi >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." nae north korea held its third nuclear test. >> president obama will in fact discuss the nuclear test during his state of th
. the stunning news that pope benedict is resigning at the end of the month is a game-changer. after he resigns, the vatican says benedict will live in a monastery in vatican city. the process to elect his successor is already underway. we have this report from vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi is about to make history. the 85-year-old leader of the catholic church is resigning at the end of the month. he's the first pope to do so in 600 years. the pope's announcement came as a surprise to all but his closest confidantes. he said because of his age and deteriorating health, "i have had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." church leaders were shocked and saddened. >> like watching your own dad get old. and admit that he's not up to all the duties of being the head of a family involves. >> reporter: benedict xvi will remain pope until 8:00 p.m. on february 28. shortly after that, the college of knds will gather in the sistine chapel to elect the new pope. benedict's successor will face many of the same controversies he faced including the sexual abuse of
his resignation. alan pizzey has benedict's final public mass. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the corner's office is working to make a positive identification on remains recovered from the ruins of a cabin in san bernardino county, the scene of a ferocious shoot-out yesterday between christopher dorner and sheriffs deputies. the remains are believed to be those of dorner. his firing by the l.a. pd allegedly sent him on a killing spree that began 10 days ago and left four people dead. he was targeting police officers and their families. when the manhunt came to a sudden, violent end, correspondent carter evans was there. >> reporter: we were on the side of road when we decided to follow this unmarked police truck less than a mile away, we came to a dead stop right in the middle of a firefight. >> i see a lot of these authorities moving to take cover themselves. ( gunfire ) the man believed to be christopher dorner was cornered in this cabin. he was shooting at police with a high-powered sniper rifle. >>
. >> reporter: i'm danielle nottingham at the vatican. coming up, pope benedict is stepping down, but will he remain >>> pope benedict says he plans to drop out of public view when he steps down at the end of the month. danielle nottingham has more on the pope's return to private life. >> reporter: the vatican acknowledged for the first time that pope benedict hit his head in a hotel room during his trip to mexico last year. church officials say the accident has nothing to do with the pontiff's decision to retire. the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning he will be hidden from view after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer in a former monastery inside the vatican walls. it has been 600 years since the last pope retired. >> a lot of people are wondering is he just going to go behind the vatican walls and never be seen or heard from again. even the pope's brother had suggested that the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him will be around
from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. >>> a massive tornado tears through mississippi, causing major damage to the university. >>> mumford was the word at last night's grammys. and mike piazza is here since the baseball hall of fame snubbed him. >>> but we begin this morning's today "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> this is major news coming out of the vatican. >> breaking news, pope benedict xvi set to step down. >> he'll step down february 28, the last pope to freely resign within the 13th century. >>> what a tornado. it's going to cross the interstate. it crossed the interstate. >> at least 15 tornadoes were reported in alabama and mississippi. >>> a huge twister. >> several buildings on the southern university of mississippi campus hit. >> this is surreal. >>> meanwhile thousands are still without power after the massive snowstorm hit the northeast. >> there are reports another big storm is coming. are you ready for that. >> i don't even want to think about it, to tell you the truth. >>> a million-dollar award is now being offered for t
pope benedict as head of the catholic church? >>> more breaking news out of california where police are involved in a shootout with the exl.a.p.d. officer wanted for a series of revenge killings. authorities say christopher dorner is barricaded in a cabin in the big bear california mountains. two officers have been hurt. this, of course, is a case that has shaken that entire community and a case the entire nation is watching. we're going to continue to follow it and bring you updates throughout the show. >>> pope benedict xvi will do mass. >> danielle nottingham has more from the vatican. >> the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity. >> it will be good to have a black pope. we hope to have a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they are from, as long as they are good with welcoming people into the church. >> cardinal peter turkson could be the first black park. the top candidate from latin america and ann low scola is considered one of the strongest european candida
for the conclave that will pick the next pope. in his last sunday service today pope benedict reassured roman catholics that he will continue to serve god when he entered retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> reporter: benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. pelter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said he would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he called a new life of prayer and meditation. three priests and a former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien in scottland engauged in inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the vatican a week before the pope resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth walsh of st. paul, minnesota. >> it's if god's hands. the holly spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years. i don't think it is all going to crumba
benedict steps down two weeks from thursday and the cardinals in the catholic church will then gather possibly as early as march 1 to begin the process of selecting his successor. bruce johnson reports, there will be campaigning for the top job in the church. >>> st. matthew's cathedral in downtown washington today, some catholics had definite ideas about what they wanted from the next pope. >> you know, change with the times. moving with the times. not to remain too conservative. >> and not to allow these liberal thoughts of people of today. >> the vatican disclosed today that pope benedict had been fit for a pacemaker a decade ago, but added the procedure had not influenced his decision to become the first pope in nearly 600 years. the last pope to resign from office was gregory. that was back in 1415. it had nothing to do with his health and everything to do with the fact that there were four popes at the time. gregory resigned to bring about unity in the church. >> basically the way it works is, the cardinals, you know, campaign for their friends. >> a noted scholar. he says
benedict is resigning. tonight we're still trying to get our minds around just what this all means for the catholic church and the world stage upon which the pope wields such vast influence. for the last six centuries, the catholic church chose a new pope as it also mourned the death of an old one. not this time. pope benedict issued his stunning retirement notice, saying in part i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. >> in centuries past, popes didn't live to this age. they died in their jobs. now the medicine has the ability to keep people going physically a lot longer than they may have the strength to do what is the most gruel jobs in the world. >> usa today reporter says with the pope stepping down at the end of the month, the college of cardinals is already lining up possible successors. according to retired american catholic the church will be looking for a new pope with perhaps the combination of the qualities it liked in the last two. >> i think they'll be looking for men who would have some of the wisdom of the pope bened
's unclear if his former republican colleagues will allow an immediate confirmation vote. >>> pope benedict officially steps down on thursday. cardinals are gathering in rome to choose his successor. in one of his last acts, though, as pope, benedict changed the rules of the conclave to allow it to get started as soon as they arrive. >> reporter: the pope seems increasingly at peace as he said his last good-byes. he leaves behind a vatican beset by troubles for the next pope and for those who will choose him. britain's most senior cleric, keith o'brien, officially resigned and then took the unprecedented step of opting out of the conclave after he was accused of inappropriate contact with three priests dating back 30 years. o'brien disputes the accusations but said he didn't want to be the focus of media attention in rome. the news came as the pope accepted a report into what is likely to be his successor's greatest burden -- an internal investigation into power struggles and corruption within the vatican hire arcingy. the pope ordered the investigation after his butler was found to have st
pope will be. pope benedict xvi made the surprise announcement this morning. he is going to resign at the end of the month. he no longer has the strength to do the job. this is the first time in some 600 years that a pope has resigned. the archbishop of washington will be part of the group of cardinals that will choose the next pope. he will be looking for continuity. >> there is a basic doctrine that is bedrock for catholic faith. >> pope benedict says once he leaves the vatican, he'll be moving to a monestary. >>> unlike the social issues that dominated his inaugural address, president obama is expected to concentrate on a familiar issue. tara has that from capitol hill. >> when president obama stands before congress tuesday night to deliver his state of the union address, he'll be focused on the economy. >> you will hear in the president's state of the union, an outline for his plan to create jobs and grow the middle class. >> the president highlighted climate change, immigration reform, and gun control. but with unemployment still hovering around 8%, democrats want to he
of thousands jammed st. peter's square in vatican city sunday for pope benedict's second to last republican appearance. he'll sit down at the end of this month and the vatican says a new pope could be installed by mid-march. pope benedict's last public appearance is scheduled for sunday. >>> in russia, a modern-day gold rush for meteor fragments. people say they found chunks of space rock buried in snow. if they're real, fragments could be worked thousands of dollars. meanwhile an army of volunteers turned up sunday after the blast that blew out windows in an industrial town about 950 miles from moscow. around 1,200 people were injured. >>> it is tax season and tax fraud continues to be a growing problem. just last month, the irs made over 100 arrests in identifying theft-related cases -- rather identity theft-related cases. as seth doane reports, irs is struggling to keep ahead of the crime wave. >> reporter: in 2011 he waited patiently for a $10,000 tax refund. when he contacted the irs, it said he had already been paid. >> somebody filed with a forged w-2 from walmart, claimed a refund,
are starting to gather in rome to choose pope benedict's successor, but some catholics are demanding retired archbishop roger mahoney not attend because of his role in shielding sexually abusie ivivi priests. he said he will attend the conclave. u.s. cardinal timothy dolan will also attend the conclave. he was questioned while he was the head of the archdiocese of milwaukee. he's reportedly one of the front-runners to succeed benedict but on wednesday he wouldn't join in the speculation. >> all the cardinals are really embarrassed to talk about that, and we'd be uncomfortable talking about it. so i'll leave it at that. >> boston's cardinal sean o'malley is also reportedly on the short list. he has a reputation as a reformer in the aftermath of the priests' sex abuse scandal. >>> a lucky skier lives to tell the tale after an avalanche. he couldn't help but being smiled wheen he was rescued. he was making his last run of the day when he heard the ground moan and was buried. other skiers saw his ski pole sticking up and were able to pull him to safety. >>> and you can be one of the first to wea
ahead, pope benedict gives a final address before he steps down as leader of catholic church. and the pilot makes a dramatic escape after his plane plunges into tampa bay. >>> it was a gray and drizzly day throughout the d.c. metro area. we have a return of sunshine in the forecast. i'll tell you more about that coming up after the break. here's a look at your wakeup weather. temperatures in the 30s to start out the day. >>> pope benedict will resign in five days. the pope gave a final address to the vatican. he thanked church officials for helping him bear what he called the weight of the paper tree. the vatican is worried the alleged scandals reported by italian media might have a negative impact on the cardinals as they enter the conclave to choose the next pope. >> the person who might choose would be assuming, increasingly heavy responsibilities. in some ways -- >> washington's archbishop is leaving tomorrow for the conclave, we expect to hear from him tomorrow afternoon and we'll have that on wusa9 tomorrow. >>> the charter bus carrying a campus ministry group home to
shooting in a high school cafeteria. >> but up next, the signature item from pope benedict's wardrobe is going into retirement with him when he officially steps pope benedict xvi will make his final appearance tomorrow. we got some questions about the pope's future. he will keep his name after his resignation. he'll be known as pope and be addressed as his holiness. but the 85-year-old 's appearance will change a bit. >> he will wear a simple white casek. they will no longer be the red shoes that you have seen him wear, but he has chosen to keep brown shoes. >> 50,000 tickets have been requested for the pope's final audience tomorrow at st. peter square. the vatican says he will be driven around the square so people can see him, then he will go to the platform and deliver his last talk. >>> six people who died in the very first terror attack on the world trade center were honored today. the ceremony comes twenty years after the attack in the garage underneath one of the twin towers. more than 1,000 poem were hurt in that one. there was a moment of silence with 12:18 this afternoon. t
as pope benedict xvi celebrates his final public mass as holy father still ahead. >> we've got a cold rain in northwest, but reports of sleet and snow from culpeper to clarkbsurg, here's a look at radar and here's the area of rain, going to be a wet commute home. a little bit of snow now rolling into the mountain and i- 81 corridor. we'll let you know if you'll see any accumulation in the metro area. >> coming up after the break a woman kidnapped and held hostage tells her story of torment and recovery 20 years after her rescue. >>> has he volunteered anything about this? >> he has said a few things now. i know that he is having a very hard time sleeping soundly. he swings his arms and tosses and turns and he's cried out a few times. >> in an exclusive interview that aired right here on wusa9 this afternoon the mother of 6- year-old ethan gillman talked to dr. phil about how she survived a parent's worst nightmare. it was just two weeks ago that ethan was kidnapped from his alabama school bus by a gunman and held in an underground bunker nearly a week. he's safe now, but jennifer kirkland
around the world are still reeling from monday's surprise announcement from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. >> the pontiff said his advanced age and poor health are what forced him to step down. derek mcginty has more on what this means for his followers. >> reporter: for the last six centuries, the catholic church chose a new pope as it also mourned the death of the old one. but not this time. at 85 years old, pope benedict xvi issued his stunning retirement notice saying in part, i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. >> in centuries past, popes died at their job. now medicine has the ability to keep people going physically a lot longer than they may have the strength to do what is the most grueling jobs in the world. >> reporter: "u.s.a. today" reporter kathy grossman says with the pope stepping down at the end of the month, itself college of cardinals -- the college of cardinals is already lining up possible successors. the church will now be looking for a new pope with perhaps a combination of
that for you on tomorrow's "cbs evening news." pope benedict has just three days left in office and today in one of his last acts before retiring he changed the church rules so that the election of his successor can begin sooner. whoever that successor is, allen pizzey tells us he will be inheriting a church in turmoil. >> reporter: the pope seems increasingly at peace as he says his last good-byes. but he leaves behind the vatican beset by troubles for the next pope and those who will choose him. today, britain's most senior cleric, scottish cardinal keith o'brien, officially resigned and then took the unprecedented step of opting out of the conclave after he was accused of inappropriate contact with three priests dating back 30 years. o'brien disputes the accusation bus said he didn't want to be the focus of media attention in rome. the news came as the pope accepted a report into what is likely to be his successor's greatest burden. an internal investigation into power struggles and corruptions within the vatican hierarchy. the pope ordered the investigation after his butler was found
in the wind." >>> when pope benedict officials steps down thursday he'll take on a new title. the vatican announced this morning benedict will be called emeritus pope and will continue to wear white. 115 cardinals are expected to vote for his successor. britain's highest ranking catholic leader will not be taking part. in one of his final acts, the pope changed the rules of the meeting. allen pizzey is in vatican city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the newest guessing game here is how soon the conclave will begin. by both law and tradition, the cardinals can't talk openly about it until one day after benedict officially leaves office. the cardinals want to get on with the job of choosing a new pope as soon as possible, according to a well-placed vatican source. a major issue plaguing them will be the sex abuse scandals. but they must be dealt with in the view of cardinal james stafford, who is too old to vote in the conclave. >> if it mean to be despised which many of us it does mean, then we accept that. >> reporter: you also have to overcome that if you want to get people bac
from the drought. >> pelley: dean, thanks very much. in two days now pope benedict xvi will become the first living former pope in six centuries. the vatican announced today that his title in retirement will be pope emeritus. earlier today, we asked long-time vatican reporter delia gallagher, senior editor for "inside the vatican" magazine, how the vatican will cope with two popes. >> well, a lot of this will be unchartered territory and will depend, i think, on common sense of the pope emeritus, benedict, who has said he would like to live hidden from the world a life of prayer, a life of silence and one has to take him at his word that that is, indeed, what he intends to do he especially is a man who understands that he has to allow the freedom of the new pope to take the church in the direction that he sees fit without setting up any kind of anti-papacy. i mean, these cardinals have been appointed by pope benedict xvi and john paul ii so i don't think we'll see a situation of conflict. >> pelley: why can't the vatican seem to settle on a date for the conclave to begin to select
pope benedict. we'll talk about some possible candidates coming up. >>> the ravens have their turn. now it's the canines super bowl. we'll have the results from nine one of the westminster dog show and there are some local competitors. >> at 5:41, let's see who's celebrating a birthday today. february 12. wusa9 morning editor larry would like to wish his daughter a happy 17th birthday. >> we join in that, too. >> if it's your birthday, have a great >>> hello and welcome back to wusa9. it is 5:45. howard is here. lots to talk about, including an ever changing forecast. we're always on a roller coaster. >> especially in february, we're still battling winter still hanging on. down south things are warming up a little bit. you have more energy to work with in the atmosphere and there are -- and the bigger storms we've gotten have been february into march. we're not talking a big storm but a little storm coming across the region wednesday, wednesday night bringing rain and perhaps a little bit of snow in a few areas. here's a look at your forecast. it's going to be a nice day with sunshine.
benedict makes one of his final public appearances today. we'll take you there as he says goodbye. >>> i'm andrea mccarren in woodstock, virginia, where a local family anxiously awaits the arrival of their 14-year- old son stuck in a russian orphanage. i'll have their story coming up. >>> i'm meteorologist topper shutt. high temperature only 36 today. wind chill in the teens most of the day. here's your wakeup weather. cold start, teens and 20s at 5:00. it's still 18 to 24 at 7:00. we'll come back and talk about another storm system rolling in >> when pope benedict speaks,millions listen. delivering one of his final addresses today. he greeted 100,000 worshippers asking his followers to keep on praying for him and for the next pope. the pontiff also told the faithful to pray for strength as the lentin period gets underway. >> today we fast, pray, and being tempted, as we begin our lent journey, we join him and ask him to give us strength to fight our weaknesses. >> the pope's resignation takes affect february 28th. he is the first pope to step down voluntarily in some 600 yeerdst. >> the
much. we learned today that pope benedict xvi is hard of hearing and partially blind in one eye. that's from a journalist who interviewed him recently. in ten days, the pope, who is 85 will retire as head of the catholic church. last night he prayed with some of the cardinals who will choose his successor. he then began a week long spiritual retreat. benedict's time as pope has been turbulent. in the u.s., church attendance is down, there is a shortage of priests, and legal settlements from the sex abuse scandal have cost billions of dollars. the boston archdiocese has closed dozens of churches, but in one of those, parishioners have staged a sit-in that's been going on now for eight years. here's elaine quijano. >> reporter: every friday night, christine arnold and her 14-year-old triplets sean, scott and christian, arrive for their overnight shift at st. francis church. the triplets have been coming here since they were six years old. would it be weird to not come here on a friday night? >> it wouldn't feel right. >> reporter: why not? >> because, like, this kind of like our second
is a noted scholar. he says 15 days after benedict leaves office and heads to a monestary, cardinals will gather and vote for his replacement. >> well, actually, it's a wonderful thing that we have in the code of church law and that says any promise the pope makes to get elected, he does not have to follow. >> and what might american catholics expect of the next pope who should be on the job before easter sunday? >> we're not going to see radical change coming from these people, because they did exactly what you and i would do if we were pope. they appointed people that would agree with them on the base k issues facing the church. >> tomorrow, ash wednesday, beginning of lent. the catholic church is growing faster in latin america. and there is a chance the next pope could come from there, but not likely. he points to europe. that's where the church has his biggest problems and the cardinals from italy, they have the most votes. >> an american pope, probably not in our lifetime. >> topper has your weather >>> i'm topper shutt. here's a live look outside. a gorgeous day, 59 was
. >>> yesterday's announcement of pope benedict xvi's resignation came as a shock to most of the world. a vatican spokesperson says that the pope will have no role in the selection of his successor. the pope says he plans to step down at the end of the month for health concerns. the vatican is already beginning the process of trying to find the next pontiff, but there is no clearcut choice. even the college of cardinals was caught offguard by this announcement. professor kurt martens of catholic university spoke about this new search compared to the process which happened after pope john paul ii died. >> when john paul ii was ill, basically they knew what was coming. so they had time to prepare to look at the challenges and look at candidates, possible candidates. that is now not the case. >> the catholic church says that we can expect a new pope by easter sunday. >>> still to come when 9news continues, there's a party going on. it's the feast before the fast. see how they're celebrating mardi gras in new orleans. >> and find out why some are crying foul over red light cameras in >>> it is not al
on a highway in north los angeles. >>> as pope benedict prepares to step down the buzz is blowing that an american could be next in line. >>> apple is the latest victim of cyber attacks with the same malware that hit twitter and facebook. >>> all that -- >> you want a cat fight? oh, we have a cat fight. a pair of brooding bobcats. p>> -- and all that matters -- >> you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself. buy a shotgun. buy a shotgun. >> joe biden being joe biden. >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> pizza shop owner is offering anyone who shows a shotgun or permit 15% off their order. i hate to break it to him, but every store has that discount. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." norah o'donnell is on assignment. president obama is warning about across-the-board budget cuts soon to kick in. he warns people will lose their jobs and services will be slashed. >> we are now nine days away from those deep automatic cuts. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, gayle. top congressional leaders say it's the president's fa
. >>> vatican officials confirm pope benedict fell and hit his head during a trip to mexico last year and insist the fall played no role in the pontiff's decision to step down. today the pope met with priests in rome telling them he will remain hidden from the world after retirement. he plans to dedicate himself to prayer living in an old monastery inside the vatican's walls. >>> his courageous story and electrifying performance at the summer olympics inspired people around the world, but tonight south african police say they will charge the man known as blade runner with the murder of his girl friend. police will not confirm reports that oscar pistorius mistook his girl friend for a burglary. that girl friend reeva steenkamp was a model and reality show contestant. pistorius was the first ever double amputee to participate in the olympics. >>> coming up at 7:00 we'll introduce you to an organization that helps struggling families stay on their feet at 7:00 on wusa9. >> still ahead this half hour some lucky couples tie the knot this valentine's day. plus -- ♪[ music ] >> beautification through
benedict is suggesting we will never see him again after he resigns two weeks from today. the pope told the priests this morning he'll be, in his words, hidden to the world. they say benedict will play no role in choosing his successor. they say he'll move to a vatican monastery to live a life of prayer and it is time now to show yo this morning's headlines. "the new york times" says iran is upgrading its nuclear facilities. new centrifuges were installed last month. meanwhile iran has started a new round of talks with the national atomic energy agency. >>> and "the wall street journal" says the u.s. and europeans have struck up a trade deal. it could take two years to compete. >>> "usa today" says there use news on chuck hagel. they could decide tomorrow. republicans are threatening to stonewall the nomination and moderate republican susan says she'll appose hagel. >> at a hearing yesterday patrick donohoe told senators the postal service needs their help. last year, keep in mind, the post office loft nearly $16 billion. >>> and the "los angeles times" says researchers believe they may
cut short, the latest on the apparent suicide of country >>> pope benedict xvi is on a week long spiritual retreat. the pontiff attended a ceremony in the vatican last night to mark the occasion. it's one of his last public events before becoming the first pope to resign in centuries. the 85-year-old will give up his post february 28th and live out the rest of his days in a vatican monastery. >>> embattled country singer mindy mccready is being remembered this evening. she died of a self-inflicted gunshot on the porch of her home in arkansas. the singer rose to fame in 1996 with her debut album 10,000 angels, but she may be better known for her life outside the recording studio with several stints in and out of jail and drug rehab. she died on the same porch where her boyfriend took his life last month. >> he didn't just touch my heart. he touched my soul. >> i think it obviously speaks on the pain that she was feeling that for whatever reason she chose to go to the same location and do the same thing that he did. >> the father of mccready's oldest son was charged with trying to
benedict the 16th delivered his final public mass. catholics packed st. peter's pa silica to get one last look at the -- basilica to get one last look at the retiring pontiff. thousands gave him a standing ovation at the end of today's services. >>> right now the st. george's episcopal church is offering ashes at the virginia square metro plaza in arlington as part of the church's ashes to go program. church officials were out there this morning as well offering ashes to anyone who wanted them. >>> he is the young boy whose story has gripped the country. >> for six long days ethan kirkland was held hostage in an underground bunker. a short time ago right here on wusa9 ethan and his mom spoke with dr. phil. >> heard that he had been rescued, how did they tell you? what did they say? >> i was outside the church and they kept telling me to come on in, that they had something to tell us and they showed everybody else out. that's when they said that ethan had been recovered. i didn't know how to act. i mean it was the happiest moment of my entire life. >> ethan was talking about his bus driver
authority of the city's alcohol industry. >>> pope benedict is changing church law before he steps down. in this revision means that cardinals will not have to wait 15 days. the vatican wants the conclave to select a new pope in time for easter week. keith o'brian will no longer be part of the conclave. he stepped down after ackizations that he behaved inappropriately with other priests 30 years ago. >>> tonight, a local elderly couple are dead and officers are searching for a man they want to question. a man with a violent past. dead are 80-year-old nelson slack and his wife. they found their bodies yesterday in the home in plains, that part of fauquier county. >> at this point, the autopsies are underway. all i can tell you is there appears to be trauma to their upper body. >> it's shocking. never known something like that to happen around here. >> they will be missed and we're still trying to get to the bottom of what really happened. >> now wanted for questioning, 60-year-old john wesley jeffries. officers consider him armed and dangerous. he has been wanted for recent felonies i
, thank you. the vatican said today that pope benedict will have nothing to say about the election of his successor next month. the pope ordered this former convent in vatican city renovated. it will be his retirement home. and we learned today that the pope has been living with a pacemaker since before he was elected pope. we'll be back in just a moment. ♪ [ male announcer ] robitussin® liquid formula soothes your throat on contact and the active ingredient relieves your cough. robitussin®. don't suffer the coughequences™. [ slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium-rich tums starts working so fast you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums can you start the day the way you want? can orencia help? could your "i want" become "i can"? talk to your doctor. orencia reduces many ra symptoms like pain, morning stiffness and progression of joint damage. it's helped new ra patients and those not helped enough by other treatments. do not take orencia with another biologic medicine for ra due to an increased risk of serious
, angeles oaks, california. >>> pope benedict delivered his final public mass on wednesday. [ speaking in latin ] >> thousands packed into st. pete 'eers basilica to pay tribute to the pontiff who will step down at the end of this month. when he left for the last time, the crowd gave him a standing occasion. many had tears in their eyes. he's the first pope to resign in 600 years. >> zrat ahestraight ahead your morning weather and in this morning's "moneywatch" report from candy to cards and flowers to jewelry, how much are you spending on your sweetheart this valentine's day? ooooo [ male announcer ] if you can clear a crowd but not your nasal congestion, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec-d®. powerful relief of nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms -- all in one pill. zyrtec-d®. at the pharmacy counter. >>> here's a look at today's forecast if there stoims around the country. 46 the high in new york turning i. ma'am, showers, 80, chicago, showers 4rks 2. dallas, sunny, 678, los angeles, high of 75. >>> now for a check on your national forecast. light snow will
to pope benedict xvi next month, but ben tracy tells us that mahoney is under pressure to stay home. >> reporter: cardinal roger mahoney was the spiritual leader for four million catholics in los angeles, the largest archdiocese in the country. but many catholics are demanding the retired archbishop not attend the conclave. james salt is with catholics united. the group's petition with 6,000 signatures calls on mahoney to recruise himself from the vote. >> the conclave should be an opportunity to celebrate the future of catholicism. with the cardinal's participation, we are reminded of the sins of our leaders and second we're reminded of the general lack of accountability. >> reporter: church files released last month show mahoney conceald from police the names of priest accused of sex abuse. in 1988, he wrote to an aide: we can not give such a list for no cause whatsoever." mahoney no longer has any formal role in the local church. despite being sidelined here in los angeles, cardinal ha mahoney is still considered to be in good standing with the catholic church. that means the 76-
stepping down as pope, pope benedict xvi has changed some important rules. cardinals will be allowed to gather earlier to select a successor. they will not have to wait 15 days after the pontiff retires on thursday. they want to select a new pope in time for easter week. >>> 4:35 now. today marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of trayvon martin. the teen was gunned down in central florida as he was walking to his father's fiance's home. the manual accused of killing him -- the man accused of killing him goes on defense trial but he says it's self- defense. >>> stocks dropping like a lead ball because of what's going on in italy. >> yahoo employees are told to come to work or get out. >> we'll have a dry morning commute. then things go downhill. howard will have the timeline and his weather first forecast >>> welcome back. 4:38. we have a dry morning for you. pack the rain gear and the patience because the ride home is going to be wet. it could be rather slow. we'll get into the mid-40s today. going to be some sleet and freezing rain in the mountains out west, especial
. pope benedict, who met with italy's prime minister today in one of his last private audiences, steps down february 28. the conclave, currently set for mid-march, could happen sooner if the cardinals approve. now to southern california and questions facing the sheriff of san bernardino county about his department'sing of the deadly standoff with former l.a. cop christopher dorner. carter evans tells us the sheriff is standing by his deposit. >> reporter: authorities are now releasing more details about christopher dorner's final hours. we were caught in the cross-fire, a gun battle that lasted nearly an hour. then silence. swat team leader greg herbert: >> there was no response from the suspect, none, no movement. and we felt that, based upon his behavior, that he was laying in wait for us. >> reporter: with daylight fading, herbert's team deployed a powerful form of tear gas known as a burner. the cabin caught fire and as the flames grew larger. >> we heard a distinct single gunshot come from inside the house. >> the information we have right now seems to indicate that the wound that
. >> they opted for the lump sum, hefty $136 million after taxes. earlier this week pope benedict xvi announced he's leaving the papacy because of his health. coming up in the 5:00 hour, find out what the pontiff plans to do once he leaves at the end of this month. >>> it is 4:54. time for the question of the morning. there's a new survey out that says this is the most romantic movie of all time. >> what is it? a, pretty woman, b, casablanca, or c, titanic? give us some thoughts. post your answers on our facebook fan page. we'll share some of your responses in about 30 minutes. >>> welcome back. 4:56. no icy problems except maybe on your windshield a. mild day. we'll make it up into the mid- 50s but late this afternoon, we have rain showers moving in. it's going to change to a little bit of snow shower activity overnight as much colder air moves in for the weekend. so get ready for that. get ready for that commute also. here's monika with more. >>> looks like there maybe an accident on the northbound side of 395 north of glebe road beyond this camera shot. watch out for two lanes blocked on the no
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